The Great Unknown

A new day arrives
With it my spirit revives
But soon my mind dives
Into the great unknown

I am but a withered dry leaf
My journey now is all too brief
I hope I’ll be blown, to my relief
Into the great unknown

I feel like a nameless pebble
The river wore down my inner rebel
I want to be thrown, away from trouble
Into the great unknown

I was born a barren seed
That grew into a worthless weed
I must believe my path will lead
Into the great unknown

I wish I was a little songbird
My tunes regaled with nary a word
Best of all, I’d fly undeterred
Into the great unknown

I want to be bright, like a firefly
Flit about, lighting the night sky
After my glow fades, then to die
Into the great unknown

I will float in, like a snowflake
Every new day a new shape to take
On a winter’s night, sleep and then wake
Into the great unknown

I am
A leaf that is blown
A pebble that is thrown
A seed that is sown
A bird that has flown
A drone that dies alone
A speck of snow that has shone
Into the great unknown


Yes you can
Cut off my tongue
But no you can’t
Stifle the songs unsung
Of my seared soul

Yes you can
Cut off my hand
But no you can’t
Ignore the demand
Of my sinewy stump

Yes you can
Cut off my legs
But no you can’t
Sever the steely pegs
Of my rebel spirit

Yes you can
Take away my rights
But no you can’t
Stop this fight
It will go on

Yes you can
Treat me like a brute
But no you can’t
Expect I’ll remain mute
Much longer

Yes you can
Put me in a cage
But no you can’t
Smother my rage
It will burn you

Yes you can
Call me an alien
But no you can’t
Still remain human
I’m just like you

Yes you can
Sow the poison of doubt
But no you can’t
Stop the truth from coming out
It alone will win


Be idealistic
So you’ll know where you want to go

Be sagacious
So you’ll know why you want to go there

Be clear-eyed
So your destination stays in your sight

Be inventive
So you’ll discover new ways to get there

Be tenacious
So your failures won’t ever stop you

Be grateful
So you won’t get angry along the way

Be disciplined
So your progress will be constant

Be patient
So the road blocks will not frustrate you

Be sympathetic
So everyone else will walk along with you

Be compassionate
So others will help you in your time of need

Be honest
So you see your successes and failures clearly

Be truthful
So your words are always respected by others

Be frugal
So you will take from this Earth only what you need

Be magnanimous
So all your achievements come through service

Be humble
So you will only see what lies ahead of you

Be enlightened
So your path will stay lit in the darkest hour


Is it my madness
That helps me see the truth
Or is it the truth
That drives me mad

Is it my melancholy
That helps me feel the world’s anguish
Or is it the world’s anguish
That makes me melancholy

Is it my loneliness
That makes me a stranger in a crowd
Or is it this crowd of strangers
That makes me feel lonely

Is it my selfishness
That forces you to be unkind to me
Or is it your being unkind
That makes me so selfish

Is it my lack of imagination
That makes me feel exhausted
Or is it my exhaustion 
That prevents me from imagining

Are my feet so tired
From walking endlessly
Or have I stood in one place so long
That my feet can walk no more

Is it the vast empty sky
That stares into the abyss of my eyes
Or is it my dried up, empty eyes
That stare into the sky’s vast